20 Most Recent Gateway Media Center 610XL PC Desktop Questions & Answers


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"remove this panel so you can remove that panel so you can slide the
carriage holder and unscrew the fenortnor rods."
"Flex the case in the middle and the undercarriage will drop out."
"Slide the front cover a couple inches left and remove screws, then
turn it around and lift the cover one inch to remove third screw."
"Stroke the front left corner lightly, singing a lullaby, then flip it
over and scratch at the furry spot in the middle."

Gateway Media... | Answered on Feb 25, 2011


cosmetic screw covers that cover nothing
"remove this panel so you can remove that panel so you can slide the
carriage holder and unscrew the fenortnor rods."
"Flex the case in the middle and the undercarriage will drop out."
"Slide the front cover a couple inches left and remove screws, then
turn it around and lift the cover one inch to remove third screw."
"Stroke the front left corner lightly, singing a lullaby, then flip it
over and scratch at the furry spot in the middle."



An update on my Gateway 610: the hard drive died. So despite reading horror reports about how hard it is to get to the drive I went ahead and opened it up.

It is friggin horrible, but not as bad as a Macbook Pro, mostly because Gateway uses the same size screw everywhere. First, you have to disconnect all the cables going to the little board at the base of the stand. The good news is all the plugs are unique except two - the IR cable and the audio input for te game port. The IT cable is labeled somewhere in the jacket as such, though.

The stand itself is held by six screws under a couple of plastic covers. remove those, remove the stand and get the mass of cables through the small hole. Remove all the screws from the plastic back cover, remove the cover. Remove a few screws holding the RF shield underneath, remove that. Remove the four screws holding and metal spine to which the stand was attached. Under that you can figure things out on your own. It is amazing how Gateway packed the stuff together to create a theramal failure time bomb. The hard drive is essentially at the center of an oven.

I took out the 120 Gb and threw in the only spare drive I had, an old 30Gb WD. Yes, it sounds stupid not to put a new drive, but I did not have the energy to go buy one and in this economy I also did not have the dough to spare.

I put everything back together and decided to try installing Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron instead of Windows, since I had little space to spare in the new (old) hard drive. It works ok. As noted elsewhere, the graphics card in the 610 is weak, so it can barely handle Compiz effects in Hardy Heron.

Getting wireless to work is a pain - note that you have to install the ndiswraper for the Broadcom BCM4306 - a bit tricky; but iyt can be made to work fine.

MythTV is still not working. That is my project for today. I need to load drivers for the Avery Media 150 card and get all the other Myth backend stuff to work. Will post on that later.
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Gateway Media... | Answered on Jan 11, 2011


I am little confused whether you are looking for the motherboard or a repair service. If you are ready to replace the motherboard, you can find it here (Click here), the cost of the motherboard is $119 for one piece. These are the supported Part Number.. Samsung (53-81576-01, 53-81576E05, 53-81576E05, 4001035, 4001039, 4001041, VL93-L).
And here's another (Click Here), the price is $67.50 and the only Support Product Code mentioned is 4001035.

But if you would go for a repair, I would recommend Atiwa.com. May take time depending on the condition of the damage, but they will somehow fix it. Of course, they may replace some parts, but if you are ready to pay for the fix, I would say that it's worth. You only need to inquire the fee and the duration of the warranty, if they are only going to give a 30 day warranty with a high fee/charge, something around the half-price of a new computer, then you better forget them.

All the best.

Thanks for using FixYa.

Gateway Media... | Answered on Nov 30, 2010


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Gateway Media... | Answered on Feb 16, 2010


Double-click the "speaker-volume" icon on the system-tray, to open the "sound-mixer".

Make sure that you have not "panned-100%-left" nor "panned-100%-right", so that 0% of the sound comes out from one speaker, while 100% of the sound comes out from the other speaker.

Also, make sure that no "mute" button has been selected.

Gateway Media... | Answered on Feb 02, 2010


I don't know that particular model myself but are all of the cables pushed into the back of the PC properly?

Gateway Media... | Answered on Jan 14, 2010


You would need the full version copy of Microsoft Windows XP or Win 7 with the CD key to reinstall the OS after you format the hard drive.

Gateway Media... | Answered on Jan 04, 2010


Sounds like a memory problem to me, try testing 1 stick of memory at a time to trace the faulty one.

Gateway Media... | Answered on Dec 11, 2009


take off the cover and unplug the hd from one and put it in the next one, it is only 2 plugs and you can not plug them in wrong it will be a 4 pin power cord coming from the power supply and a data cable, depending on how old your computer is it will be a small cable with a black connector or a larger one that looks like a ribbion either one you can not plug them in the wrong way. The power plug you can put anyone of the extra ones into it! If it fits it will work, depending on if the hardware in the two computers, you most likley will have to repair or reinstall windows!

Gateway Media... | Answered on Nov 18, 2009


Have you tried to turn off the system, then use a lengthened paper clip to poke in the hole to manually remove the CD?

Gateway Media... | Answered on Oct 09, 2009


Is the PC NEW or new to you? PCs will shut down if they are dirty inside and are overheating. If the machine is not NEW-NEW, then try blowing it out with canned air and get all the dirt/dust out. It will then work fine.
BEst wishes!

Gateway Media... | Answered on Aug 22, 2009


This is a well known issue with gateway media centre and there is no easy solution for this problem. If you are an expert in tearing apart the system and putting it back, then this LInk has some options which have worked to many people.

Gateway Media... | Answered on Apr 06, 2009


The first thing to try is plugging a set of headphones into the speaker plug and testing, see if the crackling continues, if it doesn't it sounds like a short in your speakers (or the sound card, but my guess would be the speakers).

Post your results here so we can further assist you.

Gateway Media... | Answered on Mar 24, 2009


It's not the K/M, there probably was a surge that went through, and effected the motherboard in the computer. so you can take it to your local computer shop. But, before you bring it there, back up your important files because they might have to format your HD.

Gateway Media... | Answered on Mar 06, 2009


It's also possible that your operating system has become corrupted. See if there is enough time to boot into safe mode, or choose a boot option to go into the recovery partition.

Have you made any recent hardware or software modifications?

Gateway Media... | Answered on Feb 26, 2009


If you have a floppy drive, make sure there are no disks inside it. Same for cd or dvd drive. Also, check your BIOS (usually by hitting the F2 or Del key when first booting) to see if it recognizes your hard drive.

Gateway Media... | Answered on Jan 26, 2009

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